June 24, 2014 |
SEA GIRT, N.J. - The Coasties in the watchtower of the Sea Girt Lighthouse could see the bright flash and hear the massive explosion. Seven miles offshore, the Standard Oil tanker R.P. Resor had been hit by a torpedo from a German U-boat and was taking on water. Two members of the crew survived and 47 died on the night World War II came to the Jersey Shore - just three months after the Pearl Harbor attack. The strike was a wake-up call for the U.S. War Department in late February 1942 and is still remembered by some Shore residents, said Bill Dunn, historian and author of a new book, Sea Girt Lighthouse - The Community Beacon.
June 23, 2014 |
Another Jersey Shore reader has weighed in on the effects of sea air on air-conditioning systems, and his experience makes him one of the frontline experts I've been seeking. Adam Cerbone of Windsor, Conn., has - "had," he added in his e-mail - a house on the beach block at Ortley Beach that is being rebuilt because Hurricane Sandy dumped 42 inches of water into it, causing it to float "like a little ship. " In an earlier column, I discussed various models designed for use in coastal locations, and Cerbone "specified the Carrier coastal model of air-conditioning condenser" I'd mentioned.
June 22, 2014 |
The Burlington County players and coaches gathered in the left-field seats at Citizens Bank Park to say goodbye for the last time. Despite a 2-0 loss to pitching-strong Jersey Shore in Friday's championship game of the 29th annual Carpenter Cup Classic, there was a mostly upbeat vibe about the team's run in the prestigious baseball showcase. "This was a great group," said Nick Corbi, a second baseman from Shawnee. "To become friends with these guys in a short period of time, I feel very fortunate.
June 22, 2014 |
AS AREA FAMILIES lather on the sunscreen, pack up the car and head down the Shore, one consideration that isn't always made is where the beach bums will go for spiritual guidance on Sunday. But St. Brendan the Navigator - a Catholic institution that's had various incarnations for more than 100 years - has cornered the market for summertime worship on Seven Mile Island (shared by Avalon and Stone Harbor), according to Joanne Schwarzwalder, the parish business administrator. Who we are: "A seashore parish isn't much different from a parish in the city or suburbs," Schwarzwalder said.
June 21, 2014 |
Hours before graduating from Cinnaminson High, Christian DeLuca enjoyed a solid showing at the plate in his first appearance at Citizens Bank Park. The centerfielder went 3 for 3 and scored two runs Thursday to help lift Burlington County to a 6-5 victory over Suburban One League National/Bicentennial in the semifinals of the 29th annual Carpenter Cup Classic baseball tournament. "I was a little nervous coming here, but it was a great experience," said the 6-foot, 210-pounder.
June 19, 2014 |
Delaware County got off to a fast start and held on to beat Inter-Ac Independents, 11-8, in the Carpenter Cup baseball quarterfinals Tuesday at Ashburn Field in South Philadelphia. Garnet Valley's Ben Faso went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. He had RBIs in each of the first two innings as Delaware County opened a 9-0 lead. Seth Bower of Marple Newtown went 1 for 3 with two runs and an RBI. Penncrest's Rob Brown earned his second win of the tournament by throwing three innings of one-hit ball.
June 8, 2014 |
There's that excruciating moment of doubt before the adrenaline kicks in that comes just after you've decided to seat yourself on that Tilt-A-Whirl, gigantic roller coaster or dangling-feet swing ride. But it's too late to change your mind and exit when that safety bar slams down. And within seconds you're off, whizzing five, six, then seven stories above all those tiny people on the beach and boardwalk. This isn't too bad, you think. The view's pretty good and then — slam.
June 7, 2014 |
Make room, violet and honeybee. Share the stage, goldfinch. New Jersey may soon have a new state symbol, and how sweet it is. The Assembly's Tourism, Gaming, and the Arts Committee released a bill Thursday that would make salt water taffy the official state candy. Making a persuasive case for honoring the Shore staple were fifth graders from Samsel Upper Elementary School in Sayreville, a community greatly damaged by Hurricane Sandy, who made the trip Thursday to Trenton. They proposed the state sweet to Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D., Middlesex)
May 28, 2014 |
WHAT a difference a year makes. Last Memorial Day weekend, the aftershocks of Superstorm Sandy and less-than-ideal weather conspired to launch the summer of 2013 rather inauspiciously. But visitors and locals alike down the Shore were singing a much happier tune yesterday - and it sounded a lot like "Happy Days Are Here Again. " "It was a good weekend," offered Carol Forrest, owner of three Wildwood, N.J., retail outlets - two Wild Ocean Surf Shops and Pegasus Earth Shop - as she stood behind the counter of her Wild Ocean store in the Boardwalk Mall in Wildwood.